Past Events

June 06, 2018 – 2nd Boston Area Drosophila Meeting | Harvard Medical School


Michael Rosbash
Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, Professor of Biology | Brandeis University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Nobel Laureate – Physiology or Medicine (2017)



9:30 AM – 9:45 AM NKT is required in the mushroom body for night sleep regulation.
Lauren Crowe, R. Jackson Lab, Tufts University
9:45 AM – 10:00 AM Does the fly larva get hungry? How internal state affects olfactory preference.
Katrin Vogt, A. Samuel lab, Harvard University
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM Kinetochore proteins have a post-mitotic function in Drosophila neurodevelopment.
Guoli Zhao, T. Schwarz Lab, Boston Children’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Isoform-selective genome editing revealed expression and nociceptive function of Drosophila TrpA1 channel.
Yang Xiang, University of Massachusetts Medical School
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Mapping neural circuits for alcohol reward in Drosophila.
Kristin Scaplen, K. Kaun Lab, Brown University
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Plasma membrane localization of apoptotic caspases for non-apoptotic functions.
Alla Amcheslavsky, A. Bergmann Lab, University of Massachusetts Medical School
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Mispositioned nuclei: Distinct mechanisms drive similar phenotypes.
Mary Ann Collins, Folker Lab, Boston College
11:15 AM – 11:20 AM [Lightning Talk] Restriction of apoptosis in Drosophila neuroblasts.
Katherine Harding, K. White Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School
11:20 AM – 11:25 AM [Lightning Talk] The role of Hippo signaling in epithelial cell fate determination.
Heya Zhao, A. Veraksa Lab, University of Massachusetts, Boston
11:25 AM – 11:30 AM [Lightning Talk] Gene expression analysis in the developing ovary.
Shreeharsha Tarikere, C. Extavour Lab, Harvard University
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM LUNCH – Discussion Groups (NRB Cafeteria)
• Chromatin/DNA repair – Mitzi Kuroda
• Tools/Techniques/Disease models – Michele Markstein
• Neurobiology – Troy Littleton
• Cell death/apoptosis – Kristin White
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Protein-protein interactions that modulate Polycomb function.
Hyuckjoon Kang, M. Kuroda Lab, Harvard Medical School
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Mechanotransduction via the LINC complex regulates DNA replication and chromosome organization in myonuclei.
Shuoshuo Wang, T. Lionnet lab, New York University
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM BAD romance: enrichment of a fly dosage compensation GAGA motif in the human X chromosome.
Edridge D’Souza, M. Markstein lab, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM FlyBase 2018: new look, new features.
Gil dos Santos, FlyBase, Harvard University
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Regulation of endosomal microautophagy by cellular stress in Drosophila.
Ana Mesquita, A. Jenny Lab, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Disco modulates apoptosis and hyperplasia downstream of the Notch-JNK signaling axis.
Diana Ho, S. Artavanis-Tsakonas Lab, Harvard Medical School
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Proteomics of protein trafficking by in vivo tissue-specific labeling.
Ilia Droujinine, N. Perrimon Lab, Harvard Medical School
2:45 PM – 2:50 PM [Lightning Talk] Trans inter-homolog pairing in haplotype-resolved genomes.
Jelena Erceg, T. Wu Lab, Harvard Medical School
2:50 PM – 2:55 PM [Lightning Talk] Probabilistic Modeling of Drosophila Sleep Reveals Mechanisms Regulating Sleep Duration and Structure.
Timothy Wiggin, L. Griffith Lab, Brandeis University
2:55 PM – 3:00 PM [Lightning Talk] TRiP CRISPR fly stock update.
J. Zirin, DRSC/TRiP-FGR, Harvard Medical School
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM BREAK
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Michael Rosbash, Brandeis University
Introduction by Stephanie Mohr, Harvard Medical School

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September 2016 – Boston Area Drosophila Meeting | University of Massachusetts Boston


Talks: Campus Center Ballroom (3rd Floor, Ballroom C)
Movie: University Hall, Room 2300

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Resistance is Futile: Using the Fly to Overcome Stem Cell Drug Resistance
Michele Markstein, UMass Amherst
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM A new role of E2F in endocycling fatbody cells
Ana Guarner Peralta, N. Dyson Lab, Harvard Medical School
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Ionotropic Receptors mediate detection of humidity
Zach Knecht, Paul Garrity Lab, Brandeis University
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM fs(1)h dependent neuroblast apoptosis
Antoine Borensztejn, K. White Lab, Harvard Medical School
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM Interaction of neurodegenerative APP and HTT proteins during axon growth via the proto-oncogene ABL
Lee Fradkin, UMass Medical School
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Interaction between transcriptional co-activators and PRC1 on developmental genes
Hyuckjoon Kang, M. Kuroda Lab, Harvard Medical School
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Serotonergic activity controls sleep architecture in Drosophila
Chang Liu, L. Griffith Lab, Brandeis University
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Refreshment Break
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Mechanisms of myonuclear movement
Torrey Mandigo, E. Folker Lab, Boston College
3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Functional genomics and bioinformatics resources at the HMS DRSC & TRiP 
Stephanie Mohr, Harvard Medical School
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Optogenetic pacing in Drosophila melanogaster
Airong Li, Harvard Medical School
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM A new toolbox for the fly Sciara – a new/old model system
Susan Gerbi, Brown University
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM An optimized approach for CRISPR/Cas9-based transcriptional activation in vivo
Ben Ewen-Campen, N. Perrimon Lab, Harvard Medical School
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Walk to University Hall, Room 2300
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Introduction and screening of “The Fly Room”